AEJMC Montreal
Aug., 6, 2014
Internships are strongly encouraged but not
required
Most students do some kind of internship
Most internships are unpaid
JOUR 409 Directed Study
Any kind of internship acceptable; can be taken for
credit at any point in college career
JOUR 617...
Websites, resumes and cover letters
Branding and social media
Discussion of unpaid internships
Developing professional ide...
Mediainternships.
wordpress.com://
dol.gov/whd/regs/com
pliance/whdfs71.htm
The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the
facilities of the employer, is similar to training which w...
The employer that provides the training derives no immediate
advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion ...
Menial tasks
Inadequate editing and supervision
Inadequate training
Students replacing laid-off employees
Little or no pay...
Some students don’t have adequate skills to
work in professional environment
Low-income students often can’t afford to
wor...
Encourage employers to pay
Have student and employer sign contract before
internship begins detailing college credit costs...
Help students work through problems in support group
setting or one-on-one
Intervene when necessary if an internship is no...
MediaInternships.wordpress.com (syllabus,
readings and information about JOUR 617
Journalism Internships course at SFSU)
C...
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  1. 1. AEJMC Montreal Aug., 6, 2014
  2. 2. Internships are strongly encouraged but not required Most students do some kind of internship Most internships are unpaid
  3. 3. JOUR 409 Directed Study Any kind of internship acceptable; can be taken for credit at any point in college career JOUR 617 Journalism Internship Capstone experience after several required classes (Newswriting, Reporting and Publication Lab; Newswriting, Photo I and II for photojournalism majors); internship experience vetted in advance
  4. 4. Websites, resumes and cover letters Branding and social media Discussion of unpaid internships Developing professional identity Sexual harassment and exploitation Networking Check in and support
  5. 5. Mediainternships. wordpress.com://
  6. 6. dol.gov/whd/regs/com pliance/whdfs71.htm
  7. 7. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment; The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern; The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff; -
  8. 8. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded; The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship -- U.S. Department of Labor
  9. 9. Menial tasks Inadequate editing and supervision Inadequate training Students replacing laid-off employees Little or no pay Sometimes work is not bylined or credited Occasionally sexual harassment, exploitation
  10. 10. Some students don’t have adequate skills to work in professional environment Low-income students often can’t afford to work for free High cost of summer credits
  11. 11. Encourage employers to pay Have student and employer sign contract before internship begins detailing college credit costs and expectations Make sure students understand labor laws Require students and employers to evaluate each other at midterm
  12. 12. Help students work through problems in support group setting or one-on-one Intervene when necessary if an internship is not going well Keep track of positive and negative experiences with employers Cultivate relationships with employers that provide positive internship experiences
  13. 13. MediaInternships.wordpress.com (syllabus, readings and information about JOUR 617 Journalism Internships course at SFSU) Contact: Rachele Kanigel kanigel(at)sfsu(dot)edu
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